Clemenceau St. #6, Condado
San Juan, 00907-1608
Phone: (787) 721-0170
Fax: (787) 724-4356
The Laguna del Condado or Condado Lagoon is one of San Juan's most beautiful and familiar landmarks. It stands between three districts: Old San Juan/Puerta de Tierra (Northwest), Miramar (South) and Condado (East). The lagoon is particularly loved by those who practice kayaking and several other water sports. There are also kayak rentals available on the perimeter of the lagoon. If you decide to partake in this sport, note that the rentals are often quite busy on the weekends. Admission is free.
On Ashford Avenue, Condado Beach affords its visitors white sand beaches and its beautiful Laguna (Parque Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon)). You will find this small beach near the Condado Beach Resort to be an excellent bathing place, but beware that this spot can get quite crowded with locals and their families on weekends. The beach in front of the Condado hotels is actually public, so services are pricey including towel and beach gear rentals. This strip of beach can get rough in the winter season, so take the usual precautions.
This rather small Catholic parish, located in the Condado district, welcomes visitors to their services in both English and Spanish. While the building itself is nothing to write home about, the community is used to crowds of tourists and will gladly welcome you. This is probably the only church in Condado where you'll find a mass spoken in English. Be sure to arrive there early, especially for the sunday morning mass.
Traditional Middle Eastern architecture distinguishes this temple, which is one of the few Jewish places of worship in Puerto Rico. Located in Santurce, the temple's congregation is pleased to welcome visitors. Call ahead to ask about special events and times of worship.
This medium-sized church offers holy mass in Spanish daily. The church has hosted some of the island's most remarkable weddings. It's beauty is definitely appreciated by those looking to be united in a simple yet elegant place of worship. It has an impressive choir, adding to its appeal. While not a tourist landmark, it makes for a pleasant stop if you're strolling down Calle San Jorge.
The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest in the Caribbean. State-of-the-art technology and modern facilities await visitors at this $415 million commercial meeting hub. Important trade shows, exhibitions and festivals are known to have been conducted here. The area around is also prime real-estate, where cafes, restaurants, residential and office buildings abound. The center is the venue for all important city events.
Luis Muñoz Rivera Park is an ideal spot to spend time with family. Spread across a vast area of 110,000 square meters, it is named after the well known and respected statesman Luis Muñoz Rivera. This green stretch of a land is a welcome surprise in this neighborhood lined up with buildings and tall structures. Swings, slides, jungle gyms and lakes make for an cool picnic spot. You can also enjoy the cable car rides that are on offer here, and explore the garden beauty and adjoining scenic locale.
This area is located between the Condado and Isla Verde districts and is inhabited by a very upscale crowd. It is frequented by both locals and American expats looking for some Caribbean sun. In Ocean Park also known as the 'Ultimo Trolley' area, visitors and Puerto Ricans frequent this beach because they regard it as one of the island's liveliest. Those who enjoy windsurfing and general wind-beach sports will love Punta Las Marías. Volleyball, paddleball and other beach-related activities are found here as well. There is also very good security provided by the state police.
Muelle 8 overlooks the San Antonio Canal and is one of the piers that has been restored in the Bahía Urbana project. This beautiful spot features four areas that are a delight to the locals and tourists alike. Café 8 with its amazing vistas of the bay, piers and dock, is a nice place to relish Puerto Rican delights while the Urban Market (Mercado Urbano) is where you can shop for artisanal local items. The Urban Beach (Playa Urbana) has fountains where kids can play and have fun. The amphitheater is a gentle slope venue with an avant-garde stage, fully equipped with lighting and sound systems. It is used for many outdoor events.
San Juan, also known as 'The Walled City' is a Spanish colonial town which is decidedly progressive but yet maintains it's old world charm where the favorite pastime is people watching. Forts, historical plazas, cobbled streets, cathedrals and 16th century Spanish buildings ensure that the culture aficionado is never left wanting more. The nightlife is vibrant with impromptu street salsa and rumba, casinos and discotheques which are open until dawn. This city encompasses the authentic flavors of the Caribbean!
The Parque Lineal Martí Coll (Martí Coll Linear Park), known to Sanjuaneros simply as the 'paseo lineal', consists of a mile of concrete path, which runs from the Central Park in Santurce to the center of the Hato Rey financial district. The locals who constantly visit it to exercise and watch the wonderful sunset love it. The path runs through the middle of the Caño Martín Peña, and affords visitors an opportunity to commune with nature, without leaving the city. Admission is free.
Cementerio de San Juan is a famous and populated cemetery. It is a historic landmark that was the first of its type developed in San Juan. Initially, it was intended as a resting-place for famous war veterans from the colonial era. In this cemetery you can find important names from the 19th and early 20th century. The grounds are just outside El Morro and overlook the sea.